Neil Campbell MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport
The DA notes the appointment of SMEC Holdings, DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr and Deloitte to carry out a feasibility study for the expansion of the Gautrain as conceptualised in the 25 year integrated transport master plan for Gauteng.
These respected institutions have been employed with a specific mandate to establish whether the Gautrain can be expanded according to the master plan, and associated cost projections.
At present the Gautrain carries only 3% of Gauteng commuters and several other options may better suit commuters and their purses. For instance, the proposed Mamelodi to Soweto link may be better managed by PRASA – and on the other links busses may be better suited.
The DA believes that transport MEC Ismael Vadi should expand the study’s brief to include the most cost-effective ways to extend public transport in Gauteng, and to include input from independent transport experts.
A feasibility study should look at all possible options, not just one which aims to price itself above PRASA in the marketplace.